Campus History

Stories that add to our understanding of the richness of the early Crown community, the diverse paths taken by those who passed through, and the connections between the past, present, and future of Crown College.
David Graves Remembers Dr. Thimann

David Graves Remembers Dr. Thimann

By David Graves, class of 1974 I don’t remember the circumstances, but somehow after he retired as Crown Provost, Dr. Thimann became my academic advisor. I was a bio major headed for the ecology and evolution track. He team-taught the excellent lower division course...

The Reunion Playlist

The Reunion Playlist

By Jim Crane (Crown ’70) Creating the playlist for the Crown 50th Reunion was a labor of love. I like to think of myself as up-to-date in some areas, but when it comes to popular music, I am completely stuck in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s. I wanted to pull...

The Redlight District

The Redlight District

By Lisa Rose (Crown '72) ...with contributions from Henry Chu, Michael Broschat, Shira Tokuno, Larry Cohn, Paul Shaffer When I arrived at Crown College in October of 1968, my most precious possession was a 35mm camera. I’d been smitten by black and white photography...

Magic…The Gatherings

Magic…The Gatherings

By Pam Swift (Crown '71) ...with thanks to Jim Crane, Lisa Rose, and Su Nerton for setting the record straight. Our first Crown alumni gatherings were strictly homemade. In our twenties, with many of us living on ramen in graduate school, we hid from the UCSC...

The Art of Protest 1969-1971

The Art of Protest 1969-1971

Original silkscreen poster prints from social protest movements at UC Santa Cruz By G. Sharat Lin (Crown '71) Before the era of the personal computer and the Internet, social protest movements sought a creative low-cost medium for carrying their messages to the...

A Cross Between a Hippie Pad and a Brothel

A Cross Between a Hippie Pad and a Brothel

By Chris Peeples (Crown 1970) State School Superintendent Max Rafferty Visits Crown College Which He Described As A Cross Between A Hippie Pad And A Brothel A.  Who Was Max Rafferty? In case you have forgotten about Max Rafferty, here are a few snippets from his...

College Nights — Personal History

College Nights — Personal History

By Marc Alexander (Crown ‘72)  I arrived at Crown College in 1968, having been shown, by a high school guidance counselor, a picture of  a new college with dormitories nestled in the woods. More than 50 years later, much of what I learned in my classes has...

The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters

By Jim Lapsley (Crown ‘71) Picking up a car and moving it was the kind of college prank associated with places like Chico State, not UCSC, but, as they say, “pictures don’t lie” (at least they didn’t before Photo Shop). It was a spur of the moment idea, made somewhat...

The Scavenger Bird

The Scavenger Bird

By Susan Guerrant Nye (Crown '71) In reminiscing in advance of the 50th Anniversary of our graduation, saving a few words for the “Scavenger” stabile that sat over the entrance to Crown College seems fitting. It was for me the icon for the time we spent there. It...

The Alchemical Essay

The Alchemical Essay

By Glorianna Ferreira (Crown '71) A few beautiful souls with unique skills and gifts meet and meld. Sometimes Life brings together different people who resonate. Ideas flow. Creations get born. The Crown College Essay of 1968 was the product of a flurry of...

Max Levin, “Dean of Students”

Max Levin, “Dean of Students”

Max Levin was Crown College’s first “Senior Preceptor,” which meant he was in a sort of no man's land between being the college’s “dean of students” (a position that didn’t exist) and the adult father figure required before U.C. gave up the idea of “in loco parentis.”...

Alan Chadwick’s Garden

Alan Chadwick’s Garden

By Jim Lapsley (Crown '71) When we created this website, it was clear that Alan Chadwick’s Garden had to be included. Although I enjoyed and was influenced by it, being averse to hard physical work, I was never an apprentice. If anyone would like to pen a different...

Founding of the Crown Chamber Players

Founding of the Crown Chamber Players

By Kenneth Thimann I figured we’ve got to have the very highest quality of professional musicians to set the standards and then everybody else can follow…Sylvia Jenkins was not here at the beginning. There was a rather amusing, very good pianist, a...